Bringing the Chesapeake Indoors
Nautical Home Decor in 8 Easy Steps
I’ve spent my entire life living on the East Coast, from Jersey down to Florida. But, Maryland is probably the closest that I’ve lived to water, in terms of mileage. Since moving to Baltimore, I noticed that Marylanders take tons of pride, living on the Chesapeake. When I went to Saint Michaels and Tilghman Island, so many homes were painted different shades of blue to replicate the Atlantic Ocean, with bright yellow, coral and red doors. Even the rooms at the Wylder Hotel and common areas, maintained the blue and white nautical theme. As time goes on and I think about the next place I liked to relocate, I know that I want to be close to water (near someone’s lake or beach), and I want to incorporate beach and nautical elements into my next home.
Let’s talk about which design elements can give any home a nautical vibe!
Step One: Blue or White Exterior
Numerous homes in Saint Michaels were painted different shades of blue, often with white trim.
Sherwin Williams offers a selection of preselected blues, whites and tans in their Northern Shores and Seaports collection. My favorite is Storm Cloud, which speaks for itself, offering a beautiful grey undertone. Another one of my favorites, Comfort Gray, is more of a sea green and both are complimented with Alabaster.
Step Two: Choose a Bright Colored Front Door
Another thing I loved about the homes in Saint Michaels is that so many of them painted their entry doors a bright and bold color. I suppose this made me excited given I painted my front door this past Spring in a gorgeous Benjamin Moore Dutch Tulip. For those that painted their home a neutral cool blue, generally chose a warm toned door with reds, corals or yellows.
But, for those that opted a cool color instead, mostly chose teal frond doors.
Try Benjamin Moore’s Aura Grand Entrance , in a high gloss finish, to replicate these gorgeous entries.
BM Dutch Tulip | BM Coral Gables | BM Hawthorne Yellow | BM St. Lucia Teal
Step Three: White, Gray or Blue Interior Walls
Another mental note while checking out homes and interior studios in the local area, designers chose classic white walls, calming grays or deep navy paints.
Step Four: Woven Natural Fiber Rug
At least one of your rooms should have a woven rug, made out of natural fibers, pulling beige and tan tones of beach sand, with the roping texture of boat dock lines.
Step Five: White Bedding
Think classic, crisp minimalism, with simple white bedding to compliment your cool blue and natural tones.
Step Six: A Blue Sofa
With a natural fabric woven rug, you’ll want a blue sofa as your main focal point in the living room. Dress the space up with a gorgeous painting of the Atlantic right above.
Step Seven: Accessorize with the Ocean
Every decor store had blue and white ginger jars, rattan stools, and coral accessories. Dress up your side tables, coffee tables and mantles with the beach elements.
Step Eight: Maritime Lighting
Lastly, it’s easy to forget to pay attention to the lighting hardware style. I noticed that in addition to the “fisherman” wall sconces, a popular decor option was a brass gooseneck or barn style wall sconce.